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story + photo by Catherine Devine

Volunteers and researchers sit at the summit of a mountain in Acadia National Park after lugging soil to the top. Sea to Trees is a podcast that tells the stories of the science happening in and around Acadia, from the rocky shoreline to the evergreen forests to the granite mountaintops.

The second season of the show seeks to answer the question, “What does it mean to conserve in the face of climate change?”

In the season two premiere, we discuss the degradation occurring on Acadia’s summits, and a community-driven effort to bring vegetation back. The effort, called Save Our Summits, mobilized members of Acadia’s community to hike soil up two mountains in Acadia. But, what happens next? How is this soil put to work?

To answer this question we speak to Chris Nadeau, Climate Change Adaptation Scientist at Schoodic Institute and one of the creative minds behind Save Our Summits. We also talk to Save Our Summits volunteers and attendees, and we close with a conversation with Ivan Fernandez, Professor at University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute and School of Forest Resources, who addresses the challenges of preserving specific characteristics of ecosystems and the importance of resilience and adaptation in the face of climate change. Explore the link below to learn more.

Sea to Trees is possible with generous support through The Cathy and Jim Gero Acadia Early-Career Fellowship, a partnership among Schoodic Institute, National Park Foundation, and National Park Service.


Illustrative graphic cover art for the podcast. Sea to Trees, which depicts a tree in the foreground, the intertidal zone in the mid ground, and ocean at the left with the horizon line off in the background. A cool color palette is used for the image - blues, deep greens, and grays.